One person who doesn't want to see the marathon John Hirko Jr. trial end is Gerald Nomie.
''I'm making out like a bandit,'' Nomie said, noting that his business has increased by about 20 percent.
Each morning at the judge's request, Nomie, 59, brings coffee and tea to the courthouse for the jury. At noon, lawyers, litigants and spectators from the trial pour into his restaurant for sandwiches and soup. And throughout the day, people from the trial stop by for coffee and snacks.
They are taking a break from the trial in which three Bethlehem police officers and the city are charged with wrongful death and civil rights violations in the shooting death of Hirko during a 1997 drug raid at his south Bethlehem home.
Nomie, a friendly guy who chats with his customers, stays neutral when he talks about the case because he's worried that he'll alienate one side or the other.
''I don't think it's businesslike for me to take sides,'' he said. ''It's bad for business.''
Sometimes, actions speak louder than words. And in the fourth month of the trial, that old adage might explain the behavior one afternoon of a juror who may have been expressing his frustration at how long the case is taking.
As U.S. District Judge James Knoll Gardner was dismissing the jurors for the day, he forgot to tell them what time to return the next morning. Some jurors reminded him.
''Oh, show up whenever,'' Gardner said, prompting laughter.
That's when the juror closest to the door ran from the courtroom and didn't return, also drawing laughter.
The next morning, all jurors were present and accounted for at the scheduled time.
As Groundhog Day approached, this line was circulating in the courthouse:
Gardner emerged from his chambers one day, saw his shadow and declared there'd be six more weeks of the trial.
For more than an hour, Dr. Michael Baden had faced aggressive cross-examination, perhaps more intense cross-examination than any other witness had endured since the trial started.